With the recent cuts of Larry Foote and LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers have lost half of their Week 1 starting linebackers from last season.
Fortunately, the team’s got plenty of experience without them. Woodley and Foote combined to miss 20 games last season.
On the other hand, that leaves them with no choice but to start sophomores Vince Williams and Jarvis Jones. While that's not exactly ideal, the situation behind the starters is even more discouraging, as the most experienced backups are Chris Carter and Kion Wilson.
As with defensive lineman, the Steelers will likely add several linebackers before next season begins. Inside 'backers Pat Angerer and Desmond Bishop are two quality free agents who shouldn’t command big money due to their respective injury histories.
On the outside, Pittsburgh could pursue a veteran presence to counterbalance the inexperience of their young starters, but the position doesn’t exactly boast a wealth of options on the free-agent market.
Thus, even though they took Jarvis Jones 18th overall a season ago, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Steelers target a pass-rusher early in this year’s draft.